The surname Mathissen is a patronymic
name derived from the well known first name Matthew. This name is ultimately derived from the Hebrew personal name
"Mattathaigh," meaning "gift of Jehovah;" it was Latinized as Matthaeus and Mathaeus. It was introduced to England
by the Normans
, and quickly became quite a popular name.
Early Origins of the Mathissen family
The surname Mathissen was first found in the Domesday Book
in 1086, listed as Mathiu and Matheus. They family came to England
following the invasion of William the Conquerer in 1066.
Early History of the Mathissen family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mathissen research.Another 74 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1260, 1273, 1273, 1395, 1546, 1628, 1577, 1655, 1790, 1856, 1863, 1941, 1824, 1889, 1797 and are included under the topic Early Mathissen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Mathissen Spelling Variations
in names were a common occurrence in the eras before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate regularly changed the spellings of their names as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Mathissen have been found, including Matthew, Matthews, Matthewson, Matheson, Mathew, Mathews and many more.
Early Notables of the Mathissen family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Tobias Matthew (1546-1628), Archbishop of York, statesman and writer; Sir Tobie Matthew (1577-1655), English MP, courtier, diplomat and writer; Father Theobald Mathew (1790-1856), who campaigned in Ireland... Another 34 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Mathissen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Mathissen family to Ireland
Some of the Mathissen family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 108 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Mathissen family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the social climate in England
was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland
, and the New World beckoned. They left their homeland at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. Many arrived after the long voyage sick, starving, and without a penny. But even those were greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. Numerous English settlers who arrived in the United States and Canada at this time went on to make important contributions to the developing cultures of those countries. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Mathissen were among those contributors: Francis Matthews, who settled in New Hampshire
in 1639; Benjamin Mathews, who settled in Virginia in 1653; Ann Matthews, who immigrated to Barbados in 1659.
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